There are currently an estimated 54,900 animal trainers in the United States. The animal trainer job market is expected to grow by 11.1% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are animal trainers?

CareerExplorer rates animal trainers with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 12,400 animal trainers. That number is based on 6,100 additional animal trainers, and the retirement of 6,300 existing animal trainers.

What’s the supply of animal trainers?

The animal trainer industry is concentrated in California, Florida, New York

Animal Trainer job market by state

State Name Employed Animal Trainers
California 2,250
Florida 1,520
New York 1,170
Texas 1,070
Kentucky 530
Illinois 520
North Carolina 510
Washington 470
Ohio 370
Pennsylvania 350
New Jersey 320
Georgia 320
Louisiana 310
Massachusetts 300
Michigan 280
Maryland 260
Oregon 200
Colorado 200
Arizona 190
South Carolina 180
Wisconsin 170
Missouri 170
Hawaii 160
Utah 150
Minnesota 150
Tennessee 140
Arkansas 130
Oklahoma 120
Indiana 120
New Hampshire 110
West Virginia 90
Puerto Rico 70
New Mexico 70
Maine 60
Nevada 50
Delaware 40
North Dakota 30
Nebraska 30